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13 hours ago, ChatKat in Ca. said:

Check out the Chef Jon Ashton segment before Thanksgiving on the Crystal Blog.

After I boiled the potatoes, I left them cool and the peel came right off. Then I put them in the ricer. Finally added the warm cream, milk and butter.

 

I bought a ricer a few years ago and have never used it. Next week will be the week 🙂 

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2 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

Meanwhile, here in Chevy Chase, the hardy locals are digging out from under the 1/2 inch of snow we got yesterday.

 

Definitely a grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch day.

No real digging out here but getting my frozen driver's door open was a real challenge.  I've cleared off much of the sidewalk where the sun hit but there's still a lot of melting needed.

 

Roy

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And that ^ my friends is why on a warm spring day in 1976 I packed my car and left Columbus, Ohio for good.....I've been here in the San Francisco area ever since!!  It sure is pretty to look at the snow from indoors though.

 

Be careful folks!

~Nancy 

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6 hours ago, oakridger said:

And that ^ my friends is why on a warm spring day in 1976 I packed my car and left Columbus, Ohio for good.....I've been here in the San Francisco area ever since!!  It sure is pretty to look at the snow from indoors though.

 

Be careful folks!

~Nancy 


 

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9 hours ago, oakridger said:

And that ^ my friends is why on a warm spring day in 1976 I packed my car and left Columbus, Ohio for good.....I've been here in the San Francisco area ever since!!  It sure is pretty to look at the snow from indoors though.

 

Be careful folks!

~Nancy 


I moved here from San Francisco in the 90’s for personal reasons, and I miss SF frequently!

 

14 hours ago, rafinmd said:

No real digging out here but getting my frozen driver's door open was a real challenge.  I've cleared off much of the sidewalk where the sun hit but there's still a lot of melting needed.

 

Roy


You all east and south of me really lucked out.  All that snow we got before the sleet got really wet and heavy.  I got the front sidewalks shoveled, and about 5% of my parking pad shoveled before I had to stop because of my bad back.  By now it’s all frozen solid, so plan B is just to put the truck in 4wd and slide in and out until it melts next week.

 

I read that the Maryland State Police said we got the brunt of the storm, with over 50 of the 300 accident responses on Wednesday.  We’ve been shockingly lucky the past few years with the storms going around our valley, so we were overdue for it.

 

Vince

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Today's sunrise is from my 2012 Celebrity Summit cruise in conjunction with my nephew's wedding.  On December 18 we were in St. Lucia

 

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BTW, does anyone else get nostalgic when the Geico commercial comes on with the tag line "we have a little issue with clogging"?

 

Roy

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1 hour ago, Coral said:

Since there are foodies on this board - has anyone tried this? Someone was raving about it in the grocery store line. You pour it over a block of cream cheese and use wheat thin crackers.... The jar is so pretty.....

 

http://alohafromoregon.com/pj_christmas.htm

 

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That IS beautiful!  I’ve never tried that particular brand or flavor,  but my parents entertained a lot and pouring flavored pepper jellies over cream cheese was one of my mom’s quick-and-dirty tricks when she had to put out snacks fast for unexpected company.  It’s super easy and definitely a crowd pleaser in our family.

 

Funny you mentioned that, in the cabinet this morning I just saw the “fancy”(ish) etched glass plate she used to present that on.  🙂


Please let us know how you like it!

 

Vince

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On 12/16/2020 at 4:53 PM, KenzSailing said:

 

OK, to circle back to gas station sushi(which, BTW, is the name of my garage band.)

 

 

 

Vince,

 

OK, took me a bit, but I did circle back with a response to your gas station sushi point.

 

For a while now, the(cheese) ball has been in your court.

 

Or are you still shoveling out?  Hmmmm?

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3 hours ago, BWIVince said:


That IS beautiful!  I’ve never tried that particular brand or flavor,  but my parents entertained a lot and pouring flavored pepper jellies over cream cheese was one of my mom’s quick-and-dirty tricks when she had to put out snacks fast for unexpected company.  It’s super easy and definitely a crowd pleaser in our family.

 

Funny you mentioned that, in the cabinet this morning I just saw the “fancy”(ish) etched glass plate she used to present that on.  🙂


Please let us know how you like it!

 

Vince

I just realized I need to go and buy some crackers! I look forward to trying this. I have tried pepper jellies but not with cream cheese.  That is cool about finding the fancy dish...!

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3 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

 

Vince,

 

OK, took me a bit, but I did circle back with a response to your gas station sushi point.

 

For a while now, the(cheese) ball has been in your court.

 

Or are you still shoveling out?  Hmmmm?

I made the mistake of googling gas station sushi. Don't do it.

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On 12/19/2020 at 9:58 PM, Coral said:

I just realized I need to go and buy some crackers! I look forward to trying this. I have tried pepper jellies but not with cream cheese.  That is cool about finding the fancy dish...!


I’ve done it with pepper jelly but not that brand, which seems like such a beautiful choice for Christmastime. Aloha from Oregon seems a tad brazen.

 

I agree, very cool about Vince’s glass dish.

 

Thx for the warning about gas station sushi. 

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On 12/19/2020 at 6:46 PM, KenzSailing said:

 

Vince,

 

OK, took me a bit, but I did circle back with a response to your gas station sushi point.

 

For a while now, the(cheese) ball has been in your court.

 

Or are you still shoveling out?  Hmmmm?

 

I'm so sorry about the delay...  It's not personal, I'm just falling behind on this thread.  I was laid up in pain for a couple of days though, that heavy, icy snow was literally a pain.  Even after our first warm night last night, we're still covered in snow up here everywhere that wasn't shoveled or plowed.  I'm hoping another warm night tonight will help make a dent in melting everything.

 

I'll have a response in the next 24 hours, I promise!

 

Vince

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1 hour ago, BWIVince said:

 

I'm so sorry about the delay...  It's not personal, I'm just falling behind on this thread.  I was laid up in pain for a couple of days though, that heavy, icy snow was literally a pain.  Even after our first warm night last night, we're still covered in snow up here everywhere that wasn't shoveled or plowed.  I'm hoping another warm night tonight will help make a dent in melting everything.

 

I'll have a response in the next 24 hours, I promise!

 

Vince

 

No worries.

 

I didn't realize you caught that much just north of here.  We touched 50F today, and the last little bit of snow still on the ground is long gone.  Which is fine with me. 

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Taking a cue from Roy, I’ll begin posting some shots from the 2018 Holiday cruise aboard Serenity (R/T LA-Hawaii) that we were so fortunate to sail. This shot was December 22 in Catalina.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, KenzSailing said:

The air fryer revolution rolls on, conquering the world one kitchen at a time:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2020/12/21/air-fryer-pandemic/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_source=twitter

 

I think you just scored a new customer, Kenz. I’ve followed the air fryer chat on this thread, but I think the article will transition me to the buyer column. I’ve already done the Instant Pot thing during lockdown, so I need a new gig in the upcoming new year. Not to mention continued stuck-at-home status.

 

And I’m going to overlook the fact you’re going to get a kick back on my purchase. I swear you’re the author of the article as it read exactly like the online “voice” of KenzSailing! 

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1 hour ago, rafinmd said:

The best place to see a sunrise is from the deck of a shi but I have never cruised Christmas week.  Today's (really today's) sunrise is from the school parking lot across the street.

 

Since you’ve covered today’s sunrise shot, Roy, I’ll cover sunset.

 

This shot is from December 23, 2018 in Palm Court as Serenity sailed westward toward Hawaii. Often when I see a sunset I think of the hymn “Day is Dying in the West”.

 

https://youtu.be/r6wDew50aNE

 

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20 hours ago, BEAV said:

 

Since you’ve covered today’s sunrise shot, Roy, I’ll cover sunset.

 

This shot is from December 23, 2018 in Palm Court as Serenity sailed westward toward Hawaii. Often when I see a sunset I think of the hymn “Day is Dying in the West”.

 

https://youtu.be/r6wDew50aNE

 

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For me it's more likely to be Taps.

Roy

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